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Strengthening Families Program

Lutra Group, Inc.
5215 Pioneeer Fork Rd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1678
Contact Information
Karol Kumpfer

Program Specifications



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Target Settings:

Rural, Urban, Suburban, Inner City, Tribal

Target Groups:


Other Participation Criteria:



The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a family skills training program that involves weekly classes for children ages 3-5, 6-11, and 12-16 and their families. The program uses family systems and cognitive behavioral approaches to increase resilience and reduce risk factors. It seeks to improve family relationships, parenting skills, and youths' social and life skills. Topics in the parental section include setting rules, nurturing, monitoring compliance, and applying appropriate discipline. Youth sessions concentrate on setting goals, dealing with stress and emotions, communication skills, responsible behavior, and how to deal with peer pressure.

Program Descriptors Include:

Behavior Management/Discipline, Family/Parental Involvement, Life Skills Training

Program Rating:

Limited Evidence

Starting Year:


Students Served Per Year:

Last Verified:

January 26th, 2011

Strategies for Locating Students:


Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:


Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Early aggression

Community Factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:


  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is or per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Counselors, Social Workers, Parents

Materials Used:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Supporting/Partner Organizations:

Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
To achieve maximum results, all seven two-hour sessions of SFP must be completed. SFP has been evaluated more than 17 times, some studies using experimental or quasi-experimental designs and up to five-year follow-up. The program has resulted in: clinically significant decreases in conduct disorders, significant decreases in aggression, significant decreases in delinquency, and decreased substance use.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information: